What is Organic Gardening
The short answer is that organic gardening means not using synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Ideally, organic gardening replenishes the resources as it makes use of them. Like feeding depleted soil with composted plants to add nitrogen. There is also bagged organic gardening fertilizer on the market.
What qualifies as organic livestock?
If you are raising organic livestock you have likely done your homework. But here are the basics. Managed without antibiotics, added growth hormones, mammalian or avian byproducts, or other prohibited feed ingredients (e.g., urea, manure, or arsenic compounds).
Can I use GMO products?
NO!! with no exception. Make sure your seeds are not Genetically Modified. We suggest the use of heirloom seeds.
How do you control pests and disease without chemicals?
Since you are trying to garden in cooperation with nature, sometimes you have to accept the occasional pest in the garden. Your first line of defense should be vigilance. Inspect your plants regularly for signs of a problem and take action quickly. Keep in mind that not every insect is a foe and that action doesn’t necessarily mean pesticide.
- There are many organic pesticides available, but first make certain that there is a problem and that you know what it is.
- Barriers prevent problems. Floating row covers prevent moths from landing and laying eggs. Yellow sticky traps can easily catch dozens of flying pests. Foil collars around the base of plants will foil cut worms and many borers. Companion plants are also a option.
- There will probably come a time when you will need to apply a pesticide or lose your plants. Organic or natural pesticides can be very effective and are usually less toxic to wildlife, pets and humans than synthetic pesticides. Many organic controls can target specific problems, such as using Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), a type of bacteria, that kills caterpillars, but not much else. Just be sure that you know what the problem is before you treat it and that you always follow the label instructions.